Snoring drink driver fell asleep at traffic lights

The drink driver was difficult to wake up Credit: ITV

A drink-driver, found asleep in his car at traffic lights, is among the latest to be convicted as part of Operation Dragonfly. He was three times the drink driving limit.

A total of 182 arrests were made in Sussex in December as part of Surrey and Sussex Police's Christmas 2015 campaign to crackdown on drink and drug-driving.

Jimi Rushbrook, 29, an engineer, of Old Harrow Road in St Leonards, was arrested after he was found asleep at the wheel of his car at a set of traffic lights in South Terrace, Hastings, at 5.55am on 24 December.

Police received a call from a member of the public who said he had stopped behind a vehicle which was stationary at the lights with the engine running.

A postman also stopped as he saw the vehicle at the lights with another vehicle behind. He went to the car - the engine was running - and saw a man asleep at the wheel snoring. He took the keys from the car and put them on the roof.

As officers arrived, the man was still asleep at the wheel and it took some encouragement to wake him up. He opened his eyes and he seemed not to know where he was or who they were.

He was asked if he was ok, but he wasn't able to speak; he just mumbled. Officers got the man out of the vehicle, and he was very unsteady and smelt of alcohol."

– Sussex Police

At Hastings Magistrates' Court Rushbrook pleaded guilty to driving with 104mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He was disqualified from driving for 25 months, ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work, and pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.